Revolutionary surgery helped save life of Denver police officer who was shot

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DENVER -- A revolutionary surgical procedure saved the life of a Denver police officer who was shot in the line of duty last week.

Doctors at Denver Health Medical Center performed this new technique on Officer Tony Lopez Jr.

Dr. Charles Fox brought this surgery technique to Denver Health Medical Center. He was trained by the Army and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Denver Health  is one of the few trauma centers able to perform this procedure.

REBOA is used to get bleeding under control. That is key because patients can bleed to death in a matter of minutes.

"It`s much less invasive, much safer to the patient we think. It`s certainly effective in controlling the bleeding," Dr. Fox said.

He also said the procedure is helping with the police officer's rapid recovery.

Tony Lopez Jr. started walking around the hospital Wednesday. He was critically injured in the shooting eight days ago.

Learn all about this procedure in Deborah Takahara's video report above.

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